Native Americans and the Irish
The Irish Consulate in New York City hosted a discussion of Irish-Native American relations in June. Titled, “Native Americans and the Irish: Historic and Continuing Connections,” it touched on interactions between the two groups over the past centuries that have been both friendly and confrontational.
The conversation covered the Choctaw nation’s gift of $170 towards Irish famine relief in 1847, which took place just 13 years after the Choctaw’s own “Trail of Tears” forced resettlement, and the sad fact that many of the Irish who joined the Army after the Civil War were party to the effort to drive the Native Americans from their ancestral lands.
Consul General Ciarán Madden said he hoped that the meeting was as “a starting point which would lead to further exploration of the complexity, diversity, and richness of Irish America.” ♦